Do I Have Computer Related Eyestrain?

Woman Using Computer

Woman Using Computer

Our increased use of electronic devices can quickly add up to computer related eyestrain and other visual and physical problems.

Symptoms of eyestrain may not come just from how much time you spend at a desktop computer. Think, too, about your smartphone and tablet devices. Even if you don’t work in a heavily computer oriented environment, you can rack up a couple of hours daily with texting, reading on a tablet and playing a game here and there.

If you wear progressive lenses or bifocals, you can find yourself in some pretty funny positions trying to locate your focus on a computer screen or other devise. Extended viewing of monitors, tablets or smartphones can tire your eyes or cause them to feel irritated. And your stiff neck? That, too.

If you recognize some of these symptoms, you could have computer related eyestrain or computer vision syndrome (CVS).(Click here for more information)

With the increasing number of computers in the home and workplace these days, it’s no wonder that computer related vision problems are increasingly common. The good news — the old adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure was never more on target than with these problems. Take these easy steps and prevent or correct many of the visual problems that some from modern life in the electronic world:

  • Take frequent and short breaks at the computer to help with fatigue.
  • Position your computer screen and keyboard to the right height for your head and body posture.
  • Use artificial tears to help relieve and prevent irritation and dryness.
  • Keep a separate pair of computer glasses at your desk just for computer use, providing optimum correction for the computer screen distance.
  • There are also computer-near progressive lenses that provide correction for reading and the computer. 

Think through all the ways that you use electronic devices and talk to your doctor about the best options for you.